A review of Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow by William Freudenberg. Why do Italian disasters kill so many people? Earthquakes, tsunamis: We know they're coming — why won't we prepare? Natural disasters you never heard about: Only when the death toll shatters records does the media pay attention to devastation and destruction by natural calamities. The first chapter from Megadisasters: The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe by Florin Diacu. 21st century threats: It’s useful to classify threats to human civilization not only on their potential severity, but also on their relative certainty. Why is everyone so eager to predict the end of the world? Apocalypse, Wow: Western filmgoers increasingly like to see it all come down as apocalypse become hot box office. A review of 2012: Science or Superstition by Alexandra Bruce. From Killing the Buddha, a series of articles in honor of 2012. First, the good news: “2012 is not a date of destruction”. 2012 or bust: Talking down to prophecy nuts is a delicate art. A look at how the Maya really did warn us about our future (unintentionally). Is Doomsday coming? Perhaps, but not in 2012. What if the world doesn’t end in 2012? Five backup cataclysms, just in case. While the apocalypse is pretty unlikely to come in 2012, it does have to happen sooner or later — here are five possible scenarios for the end of humanity. National Geographic on 10 failed Doomsday prophecies. A look at ten notable apocalypses that (obviously) didn’t happen. Here is an iPhone app for iPopUp Comics' graphic novel "Apotheosis 2012".